(PRWEB UK) 30 August 2013
As the new generation of University students start to plan for moving into halls or shared digs this autumn, leading ID fraud expert, Equifax, is urging them to think about how they can protect their personal information as well as their valuables. Neil Munroe, External Affairs Director, Equifax believes it’s easy to forget the value of personal information, especially when living in communal accommodation.
“Shared living throws up all kinds of challenges, from who does the washing up, to splitting the bills, but we believe ID fraud is also one that students need to take seriously.
"The realities of university life means many students are sharing accommodation which unfortunately provides fraudsters with many opportunities", continued Neil Munroe. "And combined with the fact that it can take as little as just three pieces of personal information to commit ID fraud it’s absolutely crucial that students stay alert to the risks, whether it’s skimming through post in a communal hallway or stealing a phone or laptop left lying around.
“Once a fraudster has sufficient information to steal someone’s identity it can take many hours to rectify records held by all sorts of organisations. And in the meantime, it can be exceptionally difficult to carry on with everyday life, especially where it requires access to credit, including something as simple as a mobile phone contract.”
Equifax advises that it also pays to be aware of the risks of fraud associated with social networking sites and posting any personal information online, including CVs. “Students should think very carefully about the number of people they will be meeting at university who will become Facebook friends with and allow access to all their information”, added Neil Munroe. “How well do they really know these 'friends' and trust them not to abuse their personal information?
“The key to protecting your identity is not to leave personal information lying around and think twice about what information you post online or give out."
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